BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Golf Academy of America is delighted to announce that a faculty member and a graduate of the program were both recognized for their achievements and honored with awards at the 2017 Southwest PGA Special Awards Ceremony, which took place on February 23, 2018. Tim Eberlein, Campus President at Golf Academy of America in Phoenix and PGA Master Professional, received the 2017 Horton Smith Award, while Min Park, Golf Academy of America graduate and PGA Head Golf Professional at Talking Stick Resort, was awarded 2017 Merchandiser of the Year in the Resorts category.
The Horton Smith award honors reputable golf professionals for their outstanding and long-lasting contributions to the development and improvement of education within the golf industry.
Campus president of Golf Academy of America since 1998, Eberlein has also served on the Southwest PGA Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Education Committee from 2011 to 2017. This is his third Southwest PGA Horton Smith Award.
Park's passion for golfing led him to earn his associate's degree in Golf Complex Operation and Management from the Golf Academy of America. His professional career in golf began in 2011 at Troon Country Club and he has since continued to make significant strides in the industry to showcase his knowledge in administering tournaments and overseeing day-to-day operations.
"I was so happy to see Min Park recognized for his accomplishments as a PGA professional for merchandising," said Eberlein. "I remember him as an excellent student and am always proud to see our graduates excel within the industry."
During the ceremony, student and teacher both received their awards on stage to much applause.
About Golf Academy of America
Golf Academy of America (formerly the San Diego Golf Academy) is the largest and longest-running two-year golf college in the world. Golf Academy of America's 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and comprehensive understanding of both the game and the business of golf. Campuses are located in San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Myrtle Beach and Dallas. For more information, call 800-342-7342 or visit http://www.GolfAcademy.edu. Golf Academy of America schools are owned and operated by the Education Corporation of America.
SOURCE Golf Academy of America
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